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DUCATI OFFICIALLY ENTERS THE MOTOCROSS WORLD

9 months ago | Words: Matt Bernard | Photos: Ducati

It’s finally official: Ducati, the renowned motorcycle manufacturer based in Bologna, Italy, and MotoGP powerhouse, is embarking on an exciting new venture into the world of motocross. After two years of meticulous development and a whole lot of whispers of their development, Ducati is set to introduce its prototype in the upcoming Italian Motocross Championship season.

This visionary project entails the creation of a comprehensive range of off-road engines and motorcycles, gradually forming a family of Ducati dirt bikes, starting with motocross models. The company has entered into a collaboration with the legendary nine-time Motocross World Champion, Antonio Cairoli, who will serve as a high-performance test rider for this ground-breaking project.

Claudio Domenicali, the CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, expressed his pride in Ducati’s foray into Motocross, ”I am proud to announce Ducati’s entry into motocross. A totally new world for Ducati in which we want to bring our talent in designing lightweight motorcycles, with excellent components and high performance and – above all – which can excite more and more motorcyclists. Just as we believe that the track is the best laboratory to develop and test the bikes that will then be available to customers and enthusiasts. This is why we have decided to cooperate with an undisputed champion like Tony Cairoli who, together with the passion and dedication of many of us here in Borgo Panigale, will contribute to making Ducati in off-road as capable in offering very high-performance products to its passionate customers as we have proven on the asphalt. The project is possible thanks to the company’s excellent results in recent years and confirms our desire to extend our presence into new worlds, speak to new motorcyclists and therefore grow the Ducati Community.”

Antonio Cairoli shared his enthusiasm about joining Ducati, “I am extremely happy to become part of the universe of Ducati, which has always been a symbol of Italian spirit throughout the world, and to begin this exciting new adventure, in an all-Italian project. Being able to make my contribution to the development of the Borgo Panigale motocross bike is a dream come true and a source of great pride for me.”

Additionally, Ducati has established a long-term partnership with Maddii Racing, a highly experienced team in the motocross world. This collaboration will position Maddii Racing as the key player in Ducati’s MX racing activities, participating in the 2024 Italian Motocross Championship with Alessandro Lupino, an eight-time Italian Champion and 2021 MXoN winner, who is also contracted as a racing and test rider for Ducati.

At the core of Ducati’s off-road venture is an emphasis on extreme lightweight design, premium components, and engines featuring a broad power delivery curve. The utilisation of the Desmodromic system, a signature feature of Ducati’s sports bikes, ensures unparalleled performance, drawing a direct lineage from Ducati’s MotoGP prototypes to its production motorcycles.

Ducati’s road and adventure motorcycle line-up is nothing short of pure moto seduction. So, we eagerly anticipate the unveiling of these off-road beasts, anticipating the innovations they will boast!

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